MOLLER’S U.S. DEBUT: Marlies Moller, Hamburg’s hottest hairdresser, is coming to the U.S. First, her prestige line of hair care products and hair brushes will be introduced in specialty stores starting in July. In fall 2002, Moller plans to open a salon in New York.
She has one salon in Hamburg, where she and her 80 employees practice her trademark dry haircut. Starting this fall, she will open three more salons in Germany and locations in Milan and Barcelona. Her products are sold in Germany, Switzerland and Holland, and will be launched in Italy and Spain in 2001.
LAUDER MOVE: Michel Grunberg has been named senior vice president and regional head of Asia-Pacific at Estee Lauder International, effective July 5. He will oversee the sales and marketing and geographic expansion of all brands for the Asia-Pacific region. Grunberg will be based in Singapore and will report to Patrick Bousquet Chavanne, president of Estee Lauder International Inc.
Grunberg has been with the Estee Lauder Cos. since 1979 and most recently was general manager of the company’s Singapore affiliate and vice president and general manager of travel retailing for Asia-Pacific.
KREH TO KLINGER: Kent Q. Kreh has been named president and chief executive officer of Georgette Klinger, a skin care products and services company. He succeeds William H. Willis, who left to pursue other interests.
Kreh, formerly president and chief executive officer of Weight Watchers Inc., will report to Thomas Pyle, chairman of Georgette Klinger.
IFF EARNINGS: Stung by a $9.4 million charge for the early retirement of 70 employees and a weak euro, International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. reported earnings slid 9.7 percent in the first quarter ended March 31.
Earnings declined to $43.8 million, or 42 cents a share, from $48.8 million, or 46 cents, a year ago. Excluding the charge, earnings rose 2.6 percent to $50 million, or 48 cents. Sales inched ahead 0.6 percent to $369.9 million from $367.8 million, but the firm’s revenues would have been up if expressed in local currencies. In the fragrance portion of the business, overall sales rose 2 percent, but were up 7 percent in local currencies.
BROW BOOK: Bicoastal makeup artist and eyebrow expert Robyn Cosio has teamed up with writer Cynthia Robins to produce a new beauty book called “The Eyebrow”. Published by ReganBooks, the tome traces the evolution of brows in movies and fashion and shows readers how to shape their own. “The Eyebrow,” priced at $30, will be out in June.